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CHICAGO, IL – According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Illinois has one of the most regressive tax structures in the country, which Illinois state Rep. Mary E. Flowers, D-Chicago, is trying to fix through efforts to replace the current tax rate with a progressive income tax.

“What kind of sense does it make that the poorest people in our state pay more than 13 percent of their income to taxes, while their wealthy counterparts are paying less than 7 percent?” questioned Rep. Flowers. “It seems to me that, although we consider ourselves a progressive state on many issues, we are behind the times with our tax structure. It is time we get serious about fixing this problem.”

Assistant Majority Leader Flowers is a co-sponsor of House Resolution 1025. The measure that calls for the enactment of a fair, progressive income tax for Illinoisans. Currently, Illinois has a flat income tax that ultimately requires poor and working-class families to contribute a disproportionate amount of the state’s revenue. Both the federal government and more than 80 percent of the states with an income tax have moved to a graduated or progressive rate structure. Recent studies have noted that the vast majority of taxpayers will see a reduction in taxes and more take-home pay under a fair tax structure.

“We have been elected to represent the interests of people in our community, so we must be willing to stand up for them,” Flowers said. “I believe we can both reduce taxes for low and middle-income families and provide all of the necessary resources for schools, roads and support programs for our most vulnerable by putting in place a fair tax system. This is a necessary step to take in order to help children, families and seniors across the state.”

House Resolution 1025 passed out of the House Revenue and Finance Committee on Wednesday. It has been placed on the House calendar and is expected to be heard for consideration next week.

Flowers represents the 31st district, which includes portions of the Auburn-Gresham community in Chicago, Oak Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Countryside and others. For more information, please contact Rep. Flowers’ constituent service office at 773-471-5200 or email her at maryeflowers@ilga.gov.

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